Detroit mayor to discuss impact of City Council's Belle Isle leasing decision

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing to address City Council's decision on proposed Belle Isle lease deal with Michigan

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DETROIT - Detroit Mayor Dave Bing will hold a news briefing Friday to discuss the impact of the City Council's decision to table a vote on a plan that would lease Belle Isle to the state of Michigan.

Just hours after City Council's decision on Tuesday, the state of Michigan decided to withdraw its lease offer.

Under the proposed lease agreement, the management would have been handed over to the Department of Natural Resources, which would have committed to spending state park funding to restore the island.

Pedestrians and bicyclists would have been free to enter, but motorists would have been required to have a $10 recreation passport which would have allowed vehicles into all Michigan state parks.

Bing's meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Friday at his executive conference room on the 11th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. Bing will be joined by Program Management Director Kriss Andrews; General Services Department Director Brad Dick; and Recreation Department Director Alicia Minter.

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